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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Dec. 12.

Arrests

WILLMAR — An 18-year-old male was arrested around 12:10 a.m. Thursday along the 1500 block of Ninth Street Southeast on charges of disorderly conduct, underage consumption and possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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WILLMAR — A 41-year-old man was arrested for driving after cancellation – inimical to public safety around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Charlotte Street and Minnesota Avenue Southeast.

Theft

SPICER — The theft of a package that had been delivered to a residence was reported around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday along Hillcrest Avenue.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Martin Salinas, 18, of Willmar, was sentenced, as a juvenile, Wednesday to probation until his 19th birthday, 17 days in jail and 40 hours of community work service for a felony charge of second-degree burglary for burglarizing a Willmar residence in September 2012.

Fifteen of the days in jail can be deferred if he complies with the conditions of probation.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for theft and misdemeanor charges of property damage and theft were dismissed.

Salinas was charged as a juvenile because the alleged crime happened before his 18th birthday. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

According to the petition, a Willmar police officer was called on Sept. 16, 2012, to a home in the northwest quadrant of the city. The resident of the home had been out the night before and arrived home to find a door open and a window damaged. Missing items included a Ruger BB gun and electronic items.

The resident knew Salinas as an acquaintance of a relative, who suspected Salinas because Salinas had come to the home the previous evening. The relative thought it was odd because Salinas hadn’t come to the home very often.

Salinas was interviewed and admitted to taking the items, which were located in his home and in the home of a relative. The resident of the burglarized home later identified the items as their property.

- Eric Todd Raasch, 36, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen trailer valued at $7,300.

As part of a plea agreement, he will pay restitution and receive a stay of adjudication on his sentence. Under the stay, no conviction will appear on his record if he complies with the conditions of sentence. Sentencing is Jan. 13.

The charges were filed after Sept. 25, Willmar Police were called to Dahlberg Boot and Trailer along East U.S. Highway 12 and received a report that a white, 24-foot enclosed trailer had been stolen. The vehicle identification number and title number were provided to police and the trailer was entered into the automated theft reporting system database.

On Thursday, a citizen reported to law enforcement the presence of a suspicious vehicle in the area of County Road 116 and State Highway 40. The vehicle, a pickup and trailer, had pulled out of a dead end field road. An officer stopped the vehicle near U.S. Highway 12 and County Road 116 and identified Raasch as the driver. Raasch said that he’d made a deal on Craig’s List to trade tools for the trailer. He was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.

The trailer was identified as the stolen trailer by its VIN number, but the sticker for the serial number was missing.

- Luis Gerardo Nieves, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of second-degree drug possession for  possessing 8 grams of methamphetamine found in his vehicle.

 As part of a plea agreement, another third-degree drug possession charge and a petty misdemeanor charge for marijuana possession will be dismissed. His dispositional hearing is Jan. 13.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public information.

The second-degree possession charge was filed after a Willmar Police officer responded around 3:30 a.m. Nov. 14 to a report that three men were pounding on a citizen’s door along 22nd Street Southwest. As the officer was responding, he spotted a vehicle matching the description given by the man reporting the incident.

By the time the officer was stepping out of his vehicle, a passenger in the vehicle was yelling that the driver, later identified as Nieves, was unable to breathe. The officer called for an ambulance and then saw an orange pill bottle containing what he suspected as drugs in the vehicle. Nieves continued to have difficulty breathing and was taken to Rice Hospital.

An officer went to the hospital, where Nieves said who he got the drugs from and that he’d taken some of the drugs.

The drugs were tested and determined to be 8 grams of meth.

The third-degree charge was filed after Nov. 19, when a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle and identified the driver as Nieves and the passenger as a missing juvenile female. The girl was taken to the crisis center at her parent’s request.

Later, a Willmar police officer was called to the center, as the girl had reported that she had drugs on her person that belonged to Nieves.

At the center, an adult serving as an interpreter for the girl’s mother told the officer that Nieves had called them, asking them to get the drugs from the girl.

The girl said that Nieves had given her the drugs as they were being stopped by the deputy and that she’d hidden them on her person. She handed over two bags, one containing a green leafy substance and one containing a white powdery substance. The items were weighed and tested and determined to be 4 grams of meth and 2 grams of marijuana.

 The adult called the officer after the initial report, and stated that Nieves had again called him and said the Nieves would be waiting outside of their residence to get the drugs.  Officers went to the location and arrested Nieves.

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